In this museum, the Golescu mansion near Pitești - a well-preserved example of medieval Wallachian architecture - is doubled by a very beautiful open-air ethnographic museum.
The Golescu mansion was built in 1640 at the command of the boyar Stroe Leurdeanu its purpose being that of a fortified residence. The complex included the mansion itself, with a residential function, the defense walls with observation towers and a gate tower, a church, annexes (which also included a Turkish bath - now restored), and a park.
Over time, buildings in the Goleşti ensemble also undertook social and educational functions for the local community. For example, in the early 19th century, the scholar Dinicu Golescu set up a Romanian-language school here where children from all walks of life, including girls, studied. In 1820, Tudor Vladimirescu lived for a time in the gate tower, before retiring to Oltenia.
In the mansion's park (about 10 hectares) you can now admire a village open-air museum. It aims to reproduce the organization of households in the main vineyard and orchard areas of Romania. You can also admire here various craft workshops (pottery, blacksmithing, carpentry) or tools and installations for winemaking specific to the Oltenia region.
The Golești Museum also has an equestrian park where children can take riding lessons or ride ponies. Scheduling is required.